Yes, on this blog I call my daughter Bitsy. No, that is not her real name. Actually, across social media she is called Bitsy. My husband and I call her that on all of our pages and ask that anyone who posts about her does the same. Maybe it’s paranoia, but I’d rather be safe than sorry.
There are a number of reasons for this. Here are some:
- The world is full of creeps. I’ll be the first to admit that I watch too much Law & Order, but unfortunately some of that is based in truth. We didn’t want creeps to be able to google her name and find out about her.
- Technology is ever changing. When I was an infant, my parents never could have imagined the technology that we have now. Can you imagine what technology will exist when Bitsy is my age? Neither can I. I don’t want Bitsy’s future bosses to be able to find out all about her too easily.
- I’m a mom, sometimes I say embarrassing things. Sometimes I post embarrassing things too. I like that the anonymity allows me to say and post things that may embarrass her down the road. I like being able to crowdsource moms or post things and not worry that she will hate me in 10 years for posting personal information under her name.
We decided while I was pregnant that we would use a pseudonym on social media. We didn’t settle on Bitsy until after she was born. She was a peanut when she was born, and under 6 pounds when she came home from the hospital. She was Itsy Bitsy…Hence Bitsy!
Our Bitsy girl, less than 12 hours old!
Welp, it’s been a while since I’ve written. We have had a ton of stuff going on.
We’ve closed on and moved into our house. We have done a ton of projects throughout the house. I’m going to try to feature some of them. I have step by step pictures for some, and just before and after for others. I’ve been amazed at how much we have been able to do by ourselves (with help from my super generous and talented dad).
We have been working very hard on saving money. We’ve been cutting costs by doing a ton of diy and bargain hunting. I’ve been making many of my own cleaning supplies and modifying recipes to save money. By searching pinterest, doing a lot of reading of magazines, books and blogs I’ve been able to find many new ways to save.
Saving has been complicated by some health issues I’ve had. What my doctor and I thought were some post-partum issues were not going away, and in fact were worsening. I saw specialist after specialist and had every test in the book done. No one could figure out what was going on and one specialist wanted to do surgery to relieve some of my discomfort. I was desperate for non-surgical options and a friend suggested trying to cut out gluten. I went totally gluten free in December, and it has been a life changer. Symptoms I have had for years are gone. Going gluten- free is not easy, but I’ve been learning tips and tricks!
Bitsy is 9 months old now! 9 months means crawling and pulling up, 4 teeth and 4 more on the way, eating big girl meals with Mommy and Daddy and just being very busy all the time! She is going to start daycare very soon because our work schedules are changing.
This is all just a preview of what has been going on. I am going to start writing more. I’m hoping to put some tutorials, tips and tricks up and updates on life with the Laurenzos!